Equip Yourself For The Journey Ahead
Is someone you love struggling with a serious mental illness? Family-to-Family is a program to help you develop coping and problem-solving abilities to thrive in the midst of mental illness. Taught by trained facilitators who have real-life experience, the course includes presentations, extensive discussion, and interactive exercises to foster skills to help you understand, survive, and plan a future for yourself and your loved one.
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You Need Skills
Family-to-Family will teach you how to manage crisis, solve problems while communicating effectively. To care for others, you need to take care of yourself and manage your own stress. You will develop the confidence and stamina to support with compassion. Through this course, you will discover how mental illness affects the entire family, and help realize a better future for everyone.
Find Local Support and Services
Family-to-Family is specifically adapted to your local community. Throughout the course, you’ll learn about the local support organizations and services available to you. Through discussion and conversation, you will learn how to utilize them effectively and advocate for your loved one.
Learning the Language
Entering into the mental health world can be overwhelming. Foreign terminology and lingo is commonplace, before you even begin to try to decipher the medications. Family-to-Family will give you the tools to understand mental health conditions, treatments, medications & side-effects, and evidence-based therapies.
What Will You Learn?
The course is taught by trained family members with lived experience. It includes presentations, discussion times, and interactive exercises.
Week 1: Introduction
What is Family-to-Family? Who are the other people in the class with you?
We’ll also cover the realities of discrimination, stigma, and bias towards mental illness. These realities impact the entire family, and facing this new reality has predictable emotional responses.
Week 2: Understanding Mental Health and Preparing for Crisis
Week 3: Getting a Mental Health Diagnosis
This week equips you with tools to get a diagnosis, understand that diagnosis, how to advocate for care, and false beliefs about mental health conditions and violence. This is also a week where the participants have an opportunity to share their stories.
Week 4: Mental Health Conditions
This week, we will talk more specifically about health care, helping you to understand cultural sensitivity in health care and holistic care. We also help unpack the difference between an episode and a disorder.
You will learn about depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, psychotic episodes and first episode psychosis, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), borderline personality disorder, and the existence of anosognosia (lack of insight). We also unpack the reality of mental health conditions and substance use disorders.
Week 5: Treatment Options
We will cover treatment options, settings, psychotherapeutic interventions, treatment providers, medication, hospitalization and assisted outpatient treatment (AOT), biomedical and complementary health approaches. Finally, you will learn what signs of relapse to be aware of.
Week 6: Communication Skills and Problem Solving
We equip you with communication skills and guidelines with your loved one. We teach you to recognize your own communication patterns and how to use “I” statements for greater collaboration. You will also learn how to use reflective responses and gain problem-solving skills, Lastly, you will learn how to utilize collaborative and proactive solutions (CPS).
Week 7: Empathy and Recovery
Then, we move towards recovery with your loved one including an overview of historical ideas of recovery, a definition, and the role of rehabilitation in mental health recovery. Today, there have been steps taken towards new, innovative approaches in rehabilitation and supportive employment. We hear from a guest speakers and learn that recovery is different for every individual.
Week 8: Moving Forward
Most importantly, we give you tangible tools on how to take care of yourself today and into the future.
Do you have more questions?
We’re here to connect, resource, equip, and support you. We would love to hear more about your story and how we can come alongside you to help you through this season of life.